Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hooded Mergansers

One thing that I've become more interested in, especially after reading other MN garden/nature blogs, are the birds and waterfowl in our little corner of the universe.  This evening, I spotted a new duck that I hadn't noticed or paid attention to before, the hooded merganser.  Now that I know what they are, I'll have to pay more attention to whether or not they are frequent visitors to our shoreline.  If they are, I'm sure they're thinking what I'm thinking... man, it's cold, what are we doing here?!


  1. These are fantastic ducks, Billie Jo.

    Yes, the tall purple ones in my photo are monkshood. I really love them and they do well in the shade. My gardening book says that 'all parts of the plant are poisonous.' I handle them carefully and wouldn't let any little kids near them. Our cat goes out (supervised on a harness) but he can't reach the part of the garden where the monkshood are.

  2. It always amazes me that ducks of all kinds are so well adapted to swimming about in freezing cold water. That's fortitude worthy of admiration!

  3. I love the hoodies. Such handsome little ducks. I'm glad you've discovered them near you.